Thank you for being here. I really hope you find this helpful in your creative journey. My intention here is that creatives can apply these concepts to aid them in their creative endeavors or they can read these ideas and apply them to some small aspect of their own lives. We are, after all, living out our own wonderful, beautiful story and we all seek justice and believe it or not… we all will find it, but first we must set it in motion. I believe it is the promise of the story itself, the story wheels turn and turn, these wheels in the sky is this vast learning of universal truths. The wheels spin and spin, returning back to us the contextual fiber choices we make.
The monomyth is such a vast yet simple study. There are billions of fragments of story that twist and turn in what feels like endless rabbit holes in your quest to find yours,,, yet it can all be bound together quite simply through the lens of the monomyth structure. The hero cycle, the heroic myth, the hero’s journey. The great one pattern. It’s there for us. The discipline is gradual.
Just like the hero in your story, your audience deserves to experience justice in your craft. You should be prepared to handle solid evidence the villain will bury that the hero will discover. These groundbreaking facts of proof. There should be high stakes, pressure the hero will mold into positive outcomes. Justice is inevitable.
The hero seeks true justice. It does exist. It has to.
This justice is not found in court. It’s not found in personal relationships with others. It began and ends within the individuals own ability to discipline their own self to experience true growth, so that justice itself flows through from the divine through the hero and so and so forth. This positive motion of the heroic state is the treasure for the hero. The great adventure is a letting go of all materialistic promises of the world and in its place is the justice found only in a gradual following of the golden rule. This is a deep personal justice, it’s the final boon, it’s what converts the hero into a mentor when they return home.
Let’s churn this pursuit of justice through the disciplines of the archetypes. I hope entire plots of movies fill your heart and mind as you read, I’d love to see or hear them one day! Better yet… Experience the results of your own heroic journey.
The Hero: Justice will be served in your film, never in the way your hero may expect but it will be what they need. They must learn to have faith in the immutable laws of the universe. Universal truths. And in some way they lack a faith. These kinds of films are often political in nature, involve a courtroom, a discovery of truth, or a pursuit of social justice. An unfair circumstance performs an injustice upon the hero in some deep way, thrusting the hero into action. The best films depict a hero has strong character traits which are tested with such a strong villain. It should feel to the audience impossible for the hero to overcome the villains powerful decrees, racist viewpoints, radical rules, etc. Typically the villain is loaded with material wealth while the hero has little in comparison. Money or materialistic pursuits is a great way to illustrate the patterns of the villain and the nature of the hero. A writer never underestimates the power of man’s desire for social position, monterey gains, revenge, etc. Villains love these kinds of illusions. The hero will lose much in these stories, however what the villain takes is exactly what the hero needs removing. The hero may have gotten complacent, if not bored with their “ordinary world” and is making mistakes. These villains morph into supervillains until the pressure teaches the hero the only way to learn from this painful process is to look deep within. Nonetheless as the hero learns within, outside the hero fights for justice. They fight for what they feel is right. They learn that some will come along the way never wavering, some will fall off, and some will rise where it was least expected but in the end the hero learns he or she is alone. This loneliness is a beautiful sadness. It’s a bittersweet ending for the hero. They head into the sunset knowing they did all they could, they proved to themselves what they needed to however the world they leave behind may still be in disarray. In other words an attorney who wins a lawsuit for a client with integrity will not stop the villain from doing or making evil decisions in the future. They can only hope new, stronger heros will emerge.
The Villain: Villains in these films take advantage of a vulnerability, weakness in the system. They are powerful entities manipulating justice in order to serve their own malicious desires. They often pay for this entitlement. They posses a gnawing hate, an untamed anger, a kind of gross disposition that stems from their own various means to seek revenge, to expand their territory, to push their drug. A well rounded villain has a great wound and is well on their way to their own hero’s journey. But that’s another film. This film NEEDS a villain and this is the one. Now a good writer will introduce to the audience a reason why the villain became the villain, but make no mistake, it’s the villains own choices that has lead to their own rage. Villains in these films should have a real sense of power. This power source usually comes from material wealth. They flaunt this wealth, use it to manipulate their minions. How the villain makes his money can also be a good device to show how he or she tricks his clients into paying him or her. Many times the villain may win the case but loses love. That will be the start of their own unique journey. *Ironically villains will appear when the hero needs to grow. They are not be blamed for anything, but rather celebrated. They aggravate a wound in the hero’s makeup that the hero has not addressed. Villains force the hero to grow, to rise up.
Prince/ Princess: While the hero suffers from the villain’s pursuit of injustice it’s the prince/ princess that really demonstrate the emotional consequences of the villain’s decisions. They personify true injustice to the audience. Their pain and suffering should be a direct result of the villains actions. Villains attack the things they discover the hero cares about the most. Later these weaknesses become the hero’s greatest strength. They will gain this insight from their mentor.
Mentor: your mentor here understands the justice process. They have gone through the painful process themselves and will show the hero the deeper aspects of justice. There is a universal justice, life itself produces more life and therefore expresses it’s right and it’s will to continue on. They show the hero how these laws operate. There are universal justice patterns and through the personal testimony of the mentor the hero let’s go of outcome. The mentor works to shift the hero’s understanding of justice. This readjusting offers the hero a new perspective on their own purpose.
Allies: Our allies in these films standby the hero with a profound empathy towards the psychological process the hero endures. They share the hero’s storm center. Their sense of adventure in the search for factual evidence forces the hero to embark on smaller missions. Allies follow strong aspects to the justice conversation in your film. They are followers of the path towards justice, they have proof that it works and will risk it all to aid the hero in their own unique circumstance. Allies are a symbol of loyalty. They remind the audience that when in pursuit of justice you will be rewarded with pure loyal allies. These moments rejuvenate the hero.
Minions: minions represent the consequences of injustice. They are gossip bearers of the society of your story universe. They are the apprentices to the villain and therefore obey the villains demands. Minions are slaves to the promises of the villain despite how independent they may come across, they will never pass up the opportunity to make money at the expense of causing an Injustice upon the hero.
Shapeshifters: Shapeshifters will speak to the causes of the hero but their actions speak the opposite. This should devastate the hero. The betrayal the hero endures is a total collapse of integrity and goes against the justice the hero represents.
Creating a story that centers around justice or injustice is a really good choice. We ALL can relate. Many very successful shows and films follow the justice thread. It’s important to understand all aspects. In many ways our current education system I believe, could be doing better at educating students on these kinds of principles.
In order for your story to resonate with us it must illustrate the many hard and the many rewarding conditions of this theme. Think about your own relationship to justice. Do you feel you are being fair to others or do you feel others are treating you unfairly… Unjustly.
Write about it.